September 6th, 2013
11:07 AM ET

As Syria point man, Kerry out on limb but loving it

By Elise Labott

Last Thursday night, John Kerry got a call from the White House. He had already spoken out Monday about what he said was “undeniable” evidence Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gassed his people. Now he was being asked to make a speech Friday afternoon laying out the case the United States had against the Assad regime and the importance of taking action to prevent him from doing it again.

In forceful and emotional remarks, drafted overnight by his staff and President Obama’s White House aides, Kerry laid out the U.S. intelligence against Assad and made the case for urgent U.S. action.

“The primary question is really no longer: What do we know,” Kerry said. “The question is: What are we – we collectively – what are we in the world going to do about it?”

His strong and, by most accounts, convincing indictment of Assad sounded so much like a case for imminent U.S. military action against Syria that the world was surprised when Obama hit the pause button the following day. In an address to the nation from the White House Rose Garden, the president explained his decision to seek congressional authorization for military strikes against Syria.

He had called Kerry Friday night to let him know about his decision, tasking him to help lead efforts to lobby Congress, allies and the American people to support U.S. action.

“Nobody, including Secretary Kerry, would say that the president’s decision didn’t come as a surprise,” one senior aide to Kerry said. “It was a, shall we say, unique decision. But he made it on his own and once he did the secretary and the rest of the national security team supported it.”

If he disagreed with the decision to walk back the march to war, Kerry didn’t show it. Over the next several days he sprang into action, talking on the phone nonstop with his former colleagues in the Senate and with his foreign counterparts to make the case for a limited U.S. intervention in Syria.

In five Sunday morning network television interviews and in close to eight hours of testimony on Capitol Hill, Kerry continue to be the administration’s spokesman on Syria, giving voice to the president’s decision to seek authorization from Congress and making the case that America could not stand by and allow the use of chemical weapons to go unpunished.

It is the moment, and burden, of a lifetime for the son of a diplomat after spending nearly three decades on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee coveting the job as secretary of state.

But it puts the nation’s diplomat further out on a limb as he tries to build support from skeptical allies who are concerned domestic politics will test Obama’s mettle.

“It put him in a difficult position,” acknowledged former Rep. Jane Harman, now president of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. “The process was messy and not helpful. But he is loving every moment of this. Politics is a blood sport and John Kerry is used to this.”

The former presidential candidate-turned-senator came to prominence as a 27-year-old Vietnam War veteran who, fresh from the battlefield, gave emotional testimony against the war.

“How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake,” he asked the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971. On Tuesday, as he addressed the same committee as the nation’s top diplomat, Kerry referred to his opposition to the Vietnam War as a reason for national debate on Syria.

Today, Kerry has become one of the administration’s most forceful advocates for action in Syria. Even as he has pushed for a diplomatic solution, aides say, Kerry has argued for stronger U.S. involvement in the Syrian crisis, even at one point raising the specter of airstrikes against regime targets.

In June, speaking about the U.S. efforts with Russia to broker talks between the Assad regime and the Syrian opposition for a political solution, Kerry offered muted criticism of the administration’s cautious policy, saying, "This is a very difficult process, which we came to late.”

“Throughout his career he has never held back from standing up for what he believes is right, whether it was around the Vietnam War or today for targeted action in Syria,” Jen Psaki, his spokesman at the State Department who worked with him on the 2004 presidential campaign, told CNN. “Making the case for the administration on what he feels personally is the best course, despite the political risk, the long hours of testimony and phone calls, is the heart of what he feels is his responsibility as secretary of state.”

And he still has his work cut out for him. This weekend Kerry makes a quick trip to Europe to meet with ministers from the Arab League and European Union, which has been divided about whether to join the United States in action against Syria. The memory of Iraq hangs heavily over both domestic and global public opinion, and the small size of the coalition as it stands reflects the complexity of the conflict itself.

“The world is wrestling with the same questions as we are,” said P.J. Crowley, a former State Department and National Security Council spokesman. “What will happen the day after the strike? Will Assad heed the lesson or will he retaliate? Everyone recognizes the problem but is divided with how to go about it.”

While Obama’s decision to seek authorization from Congress is billed as an effort to strengthen U.S. resolve, European and Arab diplomats say it is playing out as indecisive, which is causing countries to hedge their bets.

“Kerry is in a lose-lose position,” said Danielle Pletka, vice president of the American Enterprise Institute. “He is in the position of hopping around trying to situationally justify different decisions the president is making even as the president is changing them moment to moment. I hate to say that I feel sorry for him but I do.”

Aides say that Kerry understands the political risk, but relishes the opportunity to be the president’s front man on what is shaping up to be a defining legacy of his tenure, and he believes in the end the United States will come through.

“As long as we take action, and tough action, we think he will be in a good place in a few months,” one senior State Department official said. The official noted that one upside to the delay is that it will give Kerry more time for outreach to build international support.

Harman says that regardless of the outcome, Kerry’s star will rise.

“He has proven himself to be knowledgeable, colossally talented and loyal,” she said. “I think if someone gets hurt in the end, it is more likely to be the president himself. He is taking a big risk. But the outcome could be brilliant. We are putting on an international demonstration of what a mature democracy looks like. If this passes Congress, this play may turn out well for both the president and John Kerry.”

soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Abnguy

    Kerry may have some experience in this area. The last time he advocated no military force in the 70's close to 2.5 million South Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians were killed as a result. Maybe he is trying to make up for past mistake.

    September 9, 2013 at 10:43 am | Reply
  2. ron

    kerry and obama are so out of touch iwth the american people...america wants nothing to do with syria

    September 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  3. P. Norton

    Kerry reminds me of another United States hero; Henry Leavenworth who kept falling off his horse in the War of 1812 and early military expeditions against the Plains Indians. Finally during a buffalo massacre he fell off his horse again and died from the horse stepping on him. A true American hero who needed help getting on his horse.

    September 8, 2013 at 5:27 am | Reply
    • Robert McCabe

      What a disgrace to make Kerry and Clinton Secretaries of State.

      September 8, 2013 at 9:00 am | Reply
  4. sparky

    Kerry, busy asking which man wants to be the first to die for a mistake.

    His younger self would have kicked his butt.

    September 8, 2013 at 3:18 am | Reply
    • Robert McCabe

      Why? It was always an act to get what he wanted that is to marry a millionare and get elected to office.His life's ambition has always been to be another JFK.

      September 8, 2013 at 9:04 am | Reply
  5. bence

    How old is that man looks like he is 85 years old this is not doing him any good at all

    September 7, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • bence

      if he don't keep his tongue in his mouth he is going to be licking his chin

      September 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      I think he went under the knife one too many times. He should quit now and see if he get a role in a "Manimal" TV show remake.

      September 8, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  6. EdL

    Kerry was better at throwing war medals over the White House fence.

    September 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • bence

      he sure was better at that selling this war he isn't worth a flip

      September 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  7. jamie

    Obama and Kerry, THE CITIZENS OF THE USA SAY "STAY OUT OF SYRIA, PERIOD.

    September 7, 2013 at 11:09 am | Reply
  8. murf

    So what about the use of chemical weapons is everybody ok with?

    September 7, 2013 at 11:04 am | Reply
  9. Chivana

    It saddens me to read the phrase" Lobby for war" and then read comments from good party soldiers bashing each other.

    September 7, 2013 at 8:10 am | Reply
  10. StanCalif

    We do not need another war, period! This can be solved with economics!
    After years and years of "appeasing" North Korea with no results, what finally worked?
    We finally had the guts to tell China to solve this problem or suffer severe economic damage in their trade with us. Surprisingly, it worked over night! No big conferences, no big "gifts" to NK of food and fuel! Where is all that belligerent talk today? Disappeared! China took care of their "problem', quietly!
    Today most of our European "friends" are living and thriving off of cheap gas from Russia, This is why they offer no support for action in Syria! If you anger Putin, he turns off your gas! What's more important, morality or economics? Sadly, it's economics!
    Wonder why France is our sole European ally now? France decided, decades ago, to build nuclear power plants. France today does not need Putin's gas! Most other European countries failed to follow and are now at Putin's whim!

    September 7, 2013 at 1:19 am | Reply
    • AMG_SMURF

      You need to check how much gasoline costs in Europe. It is almost double than here.

      September 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  11. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    September 7, 2013 at 12:28 am | Reply
    • Scott

      1,000,000+ people killed in Iraq? By Americans? Exaggerrating statistics does not help your point.

      September 9, 2013 at 8:15 am | Reply
  12. Spgfld Tom

    No wonder Kerry is "loving it" (which by the way is a McDonald's slogan), it gives him a chance to show just exactly how pompous and arrogant a career politician can be. I can hardly wait for Tuesday night when the Prez takes his case for "military intervention" to the American people. The American people, you know the ones who will pay for this debacle with their tax dollars and the blood of their children. Thank God, Haiti has signed on to give us military assistance.....although I'm not sure they understood the question before signing on.

    September 6, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  13. Twentylaws

    My fantasy is President Obama receives International support and manages to get Syria to turn over their stockpiles of chemical weapons to the US without having to do a strike at all. Just for the asking! Problem solved.

    September 6, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  14. maias

    Kerry laid out the U.S. intelligence against Assad and made the case for urgent U.S. action.

    “The primary question is really no longer: What do we know,” Kerry said. “The question is: What are we – we collectively – what are we in the world going to do about it?”

    His strong and, by most accounts, convincing indictment of Assad sounded so much like a case for imminent U.S. military action against Syria that the world was surprised when Obama hit the pause button the following day

    September 6, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • maias

      Kerry' arguments above would not persuade a jury to convict in a court of law. They want hard proof – what the US does know about the alleged gas attack. NOT "We know sarin gas was used" – but WHO used the gas. AP reports it was the rebels who accidentally released the gas supplied by Saudi Arabia – which explains why the rebels' clothing and civilians in the vicinity were contaminated. Why hasn't Kerry addressed this issue?

      September 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      Proof or no proof, the problem is that if and when Assad falls, his replacement will be just as ruthless and just as many, if not more children will die. It is a no-win situation. Dogs fighting dogs.

      September 9, 2013 at 8:17 am | Reply
  15. Uthor

    I'm starting to believe that more than half the comments ever written about news articles are written by habitually drunk people.

    September 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • Suburbanbum

      ...Or clearly off their psych meds AND drunk...¯\(°_o)/¯

      September 6, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Reply
    • Ceswho

      Then pass the bottle of whatever you are drinking.

      September 7, 2013 at 12:18 am | Reply
    • Dan

      Most commenters only offer personal attacks on people they don't like but never any solutions. It's so typical. There are only 2 choices – do nothing or punish Assad with military strikes The people who think there is a diplomatic solution are really part of the do nothing crowd. Words don't matter to people like Assad but actions do.

      September 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  16. Aarky

    It's a shame we can't draw cartoons here. or we would see Kerry busy sawing away at the limb between him and the tree.

    September 6, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  17. Bill Sanders

    What is truly driving John Kerry?? This may seem irrelevant BUT look at his face. The heavy plastic surgery Kerry has had begs the question: what is driving this guy? How vain and self centred is our secretary of state? Obama is saving face and Kerry has a new face. What a mess!!! Seriously – google John Kerry plastic surgery and see what comes back. The guy is scary! Is he the type of leader you would want to follow into a no-win conflict? Give me a break.

    September 6, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • kfromaz

      The 'Botox' secretary!

      September 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  18. blakenaustin

    More partisan and mindless support for Obama's agenda by the far left media.

    September 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Reply
    • Aarky

      This should not be a right or left, Republican or Democrat issue. It should be logical versus stupid. Call your members of Congress at their local offices and vote no to war.

      September 6, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Reply
      • Suburbanbum

        I agree.(•‿•)

        September 6, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
      • StanCalif

        Done that! Our Congressional "representatives" are mostly "owned" by Israel! What we want just doesn't matter. Syria is an excuse to bomb Iran for Israel's benefit, nothing more! Anyone out there wondering why Israel is so quiet about all this? Bebe even told his cabinet to stay quiet, don't comment on Syria!

        September 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
  19. Sharkmann

    Herman Munster is leading us to war?

    September 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  20. American_Revolutionist

    I will support Syria strike with one condition: tie all Lib_SSKKuumms and their LiarKing to the first MisssiiiLL sending to Siria.

    September 6, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  21. RC

    This writer must be a Kerry cheerleader.
    "While Obama’s decision to seek authorization from Congress is billed as an effort to strengthen U.S. resolve....,": My resolve is just fine. This action by O is a political action trying to shift the blame for a dumb move.

    September 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • John McKane

      Thank you, RC. How true that is! This butcher Obama has managed to everything wrong ever since he took over the White House and now he has become a national disgrace and so has John Kerry by backing him up!

      September 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Reply
      • David M Chapman

        If President Obama has made so many bad decisions – as you claim – how is it that he was elected by such large majorities twice? This President will be remembered very kindly by history for bringing us back from the brink of economic disaster, for ending the badly mismanaged war in Iraq with some degree of dignity, for finally getting something done about our health care costs .... but most of all – for conducting himself with so much grace and dignity inspite of the garbage thrown at him. I am a 60 year old caucasian gentleman who has voted Republican just as often as I have voted Democrat, and I am very very impressed by and supportive of President Obama.

        September 7, 2013 at 10:01 pm |
  22. sly

    Of course Kerry is 'loving it'. These are great times for America. We killed America's #1 enemy of all time. We've ended both Bush Oil Wars. We've provided Health Care to 40 million who were denied it by rich corporations. We've ended Federal Discrimination on the basis of race, religion and lifestyle. Our Stock Market is soaring to 20,000 while the unemployment rate is at it's lowest in 10 years.

    Good Times America. And it is because of the hard work by one of the greatest Presidents ever – Thank you President Obama. (who is the only man in the world with the guts to call out the 99 UN nations that signed the Chemical Weapons Ban).

    September 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Reply
    • Jiri bank ski

      Thank you King Barack for the assessment of yourself. As for the greatess president ever remark ha ha ha. Managing a 7/11 is way out of your league.

      September 6, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Reply
    • Juanito

      Sly, I'm not sure you're reading the headlines that everyone else is reading:

      We have troops still in Afghanistan, obamacare is forcing companies to hire 35 hour or less employees, over 300,000 people have dropped out of looking for any jobs, Dow has yet to creep over 16000 points(need new investor dollars to do that), Travon Martin could've been Obama's son(but the 3 teens who out of boredom killed the Australian baseball player could not), and more than anytime in US history, we've become the laughing stock of the international community.

      Yes, I see how you've arrived to your conclusion.

      You're an idiot, and your lack of any common sense or knowledge only enforces the notion that universal suffrage needs to come to an end in this country.

      Cheers.

      September 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Reply
      • sly

        Sorry Juanito – I only reply to legal Americans. Now grab your beans and go back to Cuba until you have a better understanding of our country.

        I guess you and old Rubio are the only 2 hispanics in America who like Republicans. I can't call you an Oreo, but maybe a soft taco?

        September 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
      • The fact of the matter

        You're the idiot, Sly... and a racist idiot at that. Why am I not surprised? You and your fake "statistics" – Pfffttt!!

        September 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • Juanito

      OR...I'm the idiot for not picking your sarcasm.

      Nice.

      September 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • Juanito

      Sorry to disappoint. I'm very legal and not Hispanic.

      How nice of you to display your racism, though. It must be a byproduct of your advanced education.

      Suffice to say, the paper that is your GED or community college degree doesn't even come close to the quality I use for toilet paper.

      You seriously calling Obama 'my president' only proves you have an Obama bumper sticker on your car(bicycle?). It's very commendable that you drive around your 'hood professing your ignorance for all to see.

      Anyway, no hard feelings, amigo. I just can't hate the stupid. Too many who voted for him, and there's simply not enough time.

      Cheers.

      September 6, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • The fact of the matter

      Your claims are nothing more than laughable.

      September 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • Suburbanbum

      I'm late to your little argument with the Immoral Far Right, but agree with your stats. We ARE living in an extraordinary time when, against a Fascist attack on our government by the Shattered Republican Party, our mindful President has had some great successes! t(ツ)_/¯

      September 6, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Reply
      • U.S.M.C. 1371

        WoW you got to be crazy. Nane one thing other then being on vacation a lot has Obama done right?

        September 7, 2013 at 3:04 am |
  23. saeed

    soon a ocean of blood will come from the a s s e s of small jewish children soon the jews will get nuked death to the jew.

    September 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      you might not live long enough to see that, but if you ever leave your pad, you might see blood oozing out of your a/ss. I see people are lining up to bang your a/ss, and the line is getting bigger every minute..

      September 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  24. Jamie Stevenson

    I am shocked by how politicians change colors and skin instantly. Let me get this straight. 911 was caused by Al Qaeda. USA is at war with AL quaeda who killed over 5000 US civilians in New York . Correct??
    Syrian rebels have between 70 to 100 thousands boots on the ground strongest of them are AL NUSRA who are basically not Syrians but mercenaries and a part of AL QAEDA. So now your president want to fight shoulder to shoulder with Al qaeda??? I am so confused? lol not really.
    True disrespect to every victim in 911.
    Your politicians say the rebels promised them the weapons will not fall into Al quada's arms?? lol OF COURSE the rebels will say anything to get what they want.
    Are the American people are that naive?? now Al qaeda are OK?? Al Assad, the one USA hate so much is actually fighting Al qaeda, yes he used chemical weapons, who wouldn't?? USA shut down Boston and implement martial law for 1 person, Al Assad fighting 1000s of foreigners with tons of arms coming in from every border. Didn't the USA always said in Iraq civilians are collateral loses. In my opinion your president is a liar, this is a plan for a bigger picture, and not the chemical weapons.

    September 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  25. TheTruth

    Kerry's like his boss – all talk, no good results. Actually, sounds like Hillary, too.

    September 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Reply
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      September 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  26. Is Obama for real?

    I can't help but think that Obama has lost his marbles in this whole debate. Economy, IRS, Beghazi, NSA, Obamacare imploding, and now we are sable rattling after two horiffic and failed Middle East Wars? He obviously doesn't have the support to get it through Congress, and he is determined to lauch some piddly attack on Syria that is akin to sticking a twig in a hornet' nest.....

    September 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  27. sly

    Kerry is the right man for the job. The best way to judge an administration is by the intelligent people it places in important positions. Bush had imbeciles like Rumsfield and Cheney who couldn't even shoot a gun, and knew nothing about the military.

    President Obama has placed highly decorated military experts in key positions.

    These are good times for America. Our economy is smoking, we're not at war with anyone (don't you worry about lil' ol Syria), and we're addressing key issues at home. Thank you, Mr. President – you will go down as one of the top ever.

    September 6, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • Ken

      Wow, what have you been taking. The people he has appointed are professional liars- look at Bengazi, fast and furious, health care nsa slyndra etc etc. He promised to unite us and has been more divisive than any president ever. The world is laughing at him. I did not like Bush but I wish he was back

      September 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Reply
      • sly

        Different values Ken – I value health, education and crime prevention. Republicans hate those things.

        I applaud my President for allowing NO foreign terrorist attacks – and that is entirely because of our Secret Service and NSA. I value intelligent folks in our military – y'all offered Rumsfield!

        As far as 'uniting'? Most of America is united – but the KKK-Nazi's will NEVER allow a black man to give them orders. We are as united as possible, and those that don't like it are basically all racist trash.

        Good times here for America.

        September 6, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Old Favorite

      @sly...... Thanks for that satire.... I almost puked....
      then realized it was sarcasm...and burst into laughter.... Too funny...

      September 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • neoritter

      Slow your roll there. Rumsfeld retired as a Captain in the Navy, was Secretary of Defense in the 70s and ambassador to NATO in the 70s as well. That's hardly an unqualified person for the Secretary of Defense position under Bush. Cheney may not have as stellar a military record, but being VP doesn't inherently require that.

      September 6, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Reply
      • Seaguy

        Uh, you forgot the reason why Mr Rumsfeld was given his marching orders.....his military background did nothing, only resulted in his ultimate disgrace. Like boss, like subordinate(s)...the whole Bush crew.

        September 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
    • KimZeee

      Oops, Sly - Cheney knows how to shoot a gun. Remember he shot his buddy in the face during that hunting trip in Texas.

      September 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • Justice

      @Sly" I applaud my President for allowing NO foreign terrorist attacks" I think the people of Boston would beg to differ with you.

      September 8, 2013 at 9:37 am | Reply
  28. Kohn Jerry

    How do you ask a man to be the first man to die for a mistake?

    September 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  29. Solomon Walker

    Melanie on the bench says, "Pay attention to me!"

    She's not a judge.

    She's a homeless United States citizen that was forced out by a homeless shelter in Nashua, NH. She's living on a park bench at the corner of Main and Spring Streets, right next to Southern NH Medical hospital.

    So – Mr. Obama, go tell Melanie that the United States is going to Syria to defend their civilians.

    Let me know what her response is.

    September 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  30. Yrhukgj Ufhjhuk

    Take that back... or my feelings may be hurt...

    September 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  31. George patton

    Who is the idiot that says John Kerry speaks for Syria? Of course he doesn't! He speaks only for Obama and the worthless politicians who have absolutely no feelings whatsoever for the Syrian people!!!

    September 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      post by Phunnie boy, he is trying to make me look as dumb as he is. We want to bomb the Syria because it is right thing to do. First defeat Syrian army and then drop couple of missiles on al qaeda rebels too, all you have to say ooops!

      September 6, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Reply
      • John McKane

        Here goes Phunnie boy again, taking up for the right-wing thugs in Washington as usual. I only wish that he quit using Gen. Patton's good name to do it with. It makes the general look like an idiot!

        September 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
      • John McKane

        Well said George, thanks.

        September 6, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
  32. Yrhukgj Ufhjhuk

    through militants...

    September 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  33. Yrhukgj Ufhjhuk

    Its terror card friday @ the mosque... only five days until 911 2013...the news says iran has activated their Nationals in IRAQ to attack US interests...

    September 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  34. M.A.P.

    This blogger/spammer/troll is all over CNN at the moment. Can't CNN bar his IP adddress? Seriously, it was a good story the first time i read it (the conspiracy aout america's secret cancer causing satelite that can directly target people to the milimeter), however the story is now old. It is obviously Hugo Chavez poor supporters who were told the US must be somehow responsable for his cancer. Yeah, nice.

    September 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
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    THE DEAD ARE FOR STUDIES OF THE HUMAN RACE YOU OR PATHOLOGY MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE THAT ONLY HANDLE.

    WHY ARE KILLING THESE AGENCIES THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER COUNTRIES.

    BY WATCHING THESE CRIMES CONCIDERADOS YOU SHOULD HAVE AS GENOCIDE:

    TEXTS AND TAKEN TO THE COMPLAINT IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES.

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    September 6, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply
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  37. Dick Gozinyia

    Still a lyimg, bumbling, dilletante traitor.

    Looked like the three stooges.before the commitee.
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    September 6, 2013 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • sly

      Hagel was an excellant Republican appointee, and Dempsey is a great Republican war hero. Our President did a good job of looking beyond politics when he appointed these 2 key Republicans, and frankly, in Washington, this is about as talented as you get from Republicans. Most are Tea Partier's spending all their time trying to prove Obama is an alien.

      Don't you worry – we're running this nation quite well right now ... and for the next 10 years!

      September 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply
      • TheTruth

        Running it right into the ground.

        September 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
      • Rebecca

        Un hunh... the screaming about Obama the Alien are pretty inconsistent with his gift of the U.S. Treasury to Goldman Sachs execs, Hagel, Dempsey, military-industrial complex, and so on. Never mind the NSA violation of 4th Amendment rights. Signed: Democrat

        September 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
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        Well said.

        September 9, 2013 at 12:20 am |

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